Today I went to Starbucks to work on my bible study homework for a few hours. I'm in the live, Beth Moore study on James that she is currently writing. It's at my church on Tuesday nights.... luckily she goes to our church so we are always her guenia pigs for her studies. She's great on video, but it's even better live :) I just love her insight and love for God's word. Anyway, I'm sitting there with my bible open, notes scattered everywhere, and my hot grande mocha writing away when this man comes up to me and begins talking to me. He asked me what I was working on and I told him it was a bible study on James. He said, "oh well if it was on Jesus I could tell you anything you wanted to know, I could answer all your questions." I said wow, really?! ( kinda laughing inside...wondering where this conversation is heading). Then he tells me his cousin is Jesus, his aunt is Mary, he has the same last name as them, he's from Bethlehem, and he's from their royal family. He says he knows more about Jesus than anyone else on the earth! Wow, what confidence this man has! lol He tells me how we aren't children of God, we are children of Adam and Abraham who God created. He asked me if I believed in God or Jesus....and I said both. He said well that's impossible, you have to choose, you can't believe in both. I explained how I believe Jesus Christ came on this earth to die for our sins, but yes there is only one God, etc. He goes on and on about how knowledgeable he is in the Bible, and how he can study something in 5 minutes and get more out of it than if I studied it for 10 years. I wanted to share this for one because I thought it was funny, but two because God really showed me how we should always be ready to share our faith. I'll be honest, when I was put on the spot like that my arm pits kind of started sweating! lol It made me realize how important it is to know what you're talking about, and be ready to defend it when someone else is contradicting it. His word is our TRUTH. That's all we can go by, live by, and study. I love how no matter how much we study, we always get a fresh word, something different, and begin to truly LOVE His word. God can use anything, or anyone, no matter what you know or don't know... but just be prepared to give an answer to those who ask. :)
Go get a Starbucks drink to warm you up on this "snow day"...even though there is no snow in Houston!